ZTE officially announces Blade V8 Pro and Hawkeye

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At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, ZTE has officially unveiled its two new smartphones, including the Blade V8 Pro and Hawkeye. The Blade V8 Pro is the Chinese phone maker’s mid-range phone and is the Blade-series device making its debut on the American market after hitting markets in Asia, Europe and Mexico. And Hawkeye, which is the official name of ZTE’s Project CSX, a crowdsourced smartphone, is now available for pre-order for $199 on Kickstarter.

The Blade V8 Pro ($229, £186) comes with 13MP dual flash rear camera, a fingerprint sensor and a big battery that is expected to compete with some of the best budget phones in the UK and US. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, the Blade V8 Pro features a 5.5-inch FHD display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage space with SD support, and expandable memory up to 128GB. The flagship has got a 3,140mAh battery complete with Quick Charge 2.0 technology, USB Type-C port, and a dual-SIM slot that comes in handy for those who often travel or have two phone numbers. It runs on Android Marshmallow, and could get Android 7.0 Nougat in the future.

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The Hawkeye ships a 5.5-inch FHD display, a fingerprint sensor, dual 13MP rear cameras, high-quality speakers, large capacity battery, and especially self-adhensive back. The phone runs on Android Nougat. Currently, there are no words on whether or not other retailers will pick up the device, so Kickstarter may serve as the only choice for purchase. ZTE has yet to announce a specific date, but the Hawkeye is expected to ship globally sometime in Q3 of 2017, or around the Fall.

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